An In Depth Look at Intel's Thunderbolt Technology (Comment Thread)
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February 24, 2011, 10:00 PM
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At this point there is no reason to add full optical to Thunderbolt since it will mean eliminating bus-powered devices. Copper allows for speeds above anything current consumer-based devices can achieve so while speeds above 10 Gbps may look good on paper, there is just no reason for them.
From my understanding from conversations with Intel, they are going to be implementing optical interfaces on certain enterprise-class systems in order to boost the transmission distance past the 3 meters copper currently provides.
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